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“On behalf of all of the Browne family, please accept our sincere sympathy on the passing of Jim. We all remember fondly our times with the McManus...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: Tricia Kramer - Sanford, ME

“We are very sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that we are thinking of you all in this difficult time.Love,Colleen McKenna, Tim Clough, Emily...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: Colleen McKenna - Haverhill, MA

“Janet and family - We are so sorry for your loss! We just found out that passed. Jim was such a great guy. He made everyone feel special. We have so...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: Ken & Carol Jackson - Melroe

“McManus family, We are so sorry to hear this sad news. We have so many good memories of your wonderful dad growing up on Clifton Park. Keeping you...Read More »
4 of 26 | Posted by: Sara Cassidy Smith - Carlisle, MA

“We loved you Jimmy & you will always be in our hearts. You were not just a brother-in-law, you were our brother. I hope that you are partying right...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: Janice Taylor - Peabody, MA

“I joined IUEC IN 1969. Shortly afterward I met and worked with Jimmy of and on over 30 years. From the first time I met him you could feel his...Read More »
6 of 26 | Posted by: Victor Heath - Cliff, NM

“To the entire McManus family,I just found out about Jim's passing today. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a total gentleman with a great sense...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Marie Carey Hill - Stoneham, MA

“Jan & the entire family,I just now found out about Jim's passing. I can't begin to tell you how my heart aches for all of you. I know how much he was...Read More »
8 of 26 | Posted by: Judie Fairneny - Melrose, MA

“Dear Erin and the McManus family,I only met your dad a few times but I remember him as a terrific person, friendly and funny. My sympathy to you. ”
9 of 26 | Posted by: Rob Muldowney - San Diego, CA

“Our deepest sympathy The Garrity's Anne and Russ ”
10 of 26 | Posted by: Anne Garrity - Melrose, MA

11 of 26 | Posted by: Anne Garrity - Melrose, MA

“Dear Jan and the McManus Family,I'm very sad to hear about Jimmy's passing. I always loved being around him because he made you feel so welcome. He...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Bob Kelley - Beachmont, MA

“Dear Jan and the McManus Family,I'm very sad to hear about Jimmy's passing. I always loved being around him because he made you feel so welcome. He...Read More »
13 of 26 | Posted by: Bob Kelley - Beachmont, MA

“Hello Janet, So sorry for your loss.Jim was the best.He was an asset to the Elevator industry.We will all miss him dearly.Hang on to all those great...Read More »
14 of 26 | Posted by: Lou Delafano - Canton, MA

“Good morning Janet,I just wanted to extend my sincere apologies, I just heard that your husband Jim has passed away.He was one good looking man I...Read More »
15 of 26 | Posted by: GRACE MONACO - LONDONDERRY, NH

“Janet we are thinking of you and Jim's family with the heaviest of hearts during this sad and difficult time. You gave Jim more life than any Drs....Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“Janet, we are so sorry for your loss. Jim will certainly be missed. To know him was to Love him, He was a really great guy! He hit the ball...Read More »
17 of 26 | Posted by: Gregg & Cheryl Laufersweiler - NH

“Janet and the McManus Family,Our deepest sympathies for your loss. All of heaven is laughing at his Irish jokes. What a nice man!Jim and Andrea Hunt ”
18 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the McManus family at this time. Our deepest condolences to you for your loss.He may be gone, but will never be...Read More »
19 of 26 | Posted by: Ed Kirby, Jr. - Melrose, MA

“You have my deepest sympathy. May God give you peace and strength to keep you going during your time of sorrow. ”
20 of 26 | Posted by: Romans 15:33

“Jimmy was truly one in a million. Everyone who was blessed to have known him both admired and loved him. He had a Heart of Gold , very witty and...Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: Kevin Doherty - Revere Beach, MA

“Our deepest sympathies to all of you. He raised three wonderful children and that is what it's all about! God bless you all. May he Rest In Peace. ”
22 of 26 | Posted by: Joanne Price - Lowell, MA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Janet at this most difficult time, she is the "GOOD WIFE". We remember our good times at the Irish Festival in...Read More »
23 of 26 | Posted by: Patrick carrajat - NY

“REMEMBERING JIM McMANUSHis LaughHis SmileHis VoiceHis StyleHis StrengthHis CharmHis GenerosityHis JoysHis PranksHis EyesHis FaceHis Love, His LifeAnd...Read More »
24 of 26 | Posted by: Janet Moore McManus - Merlose, MA

“Dear Janet...we are so sorry about Jimmy. We know how much you loved him...we loved him too ”
25 of 26 | Posted by: Melrene & Allen Stone - Revere, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
26 of 26 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA

James T. McManus passed away at his home in Melrose on February 24, 2018 at the age of 77. Jim was raised in Woburn, MA, and graduated from Woburn High School in 1958. He then went on to honorably serve in the Army as a Cannoneer at Ft. Sill, where he boasted no one successfully invaded Oklahoma during his tour. Upon discharge, he returned to Massachusetts where he entered the elevator industry and became a licensed elevator constructor. Later, he became an elevator inspector, a job he held for the city of Boston as well as the state of Massachusetts until his retirement in 2002.

Throughout his life he continued to be active in sports and every week played basketball for over 30-years with life-long friends. After retiring he took up golf which became his passion. He stated he never played it well but he loved it anyway. When he was not playing golf, he was in the woods around courses, looking for golf balls where he would fastidiously clean and present to his friends always saying, 'I think this is the one you lost.'

Some of his favorite times were up at Pine Terrace, Cobbetts Pond, NH, with family and life-long friends. He was also an avid dancer and as soon as the first beat of music started, he was on the dance floor. His sisters claim they taught him all his jitter-bug steps since he was their partner as all of them grew up.

Jim's wit, charm and energy lit up any room and he would instantaneously change a good time into a phenomenal time just by his presence and, of course, his jokes. Jim had an aura about him that had people gravitate to him. ... READ MORE →